Weekly Memo

Nov. 10, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

    Rohan Palma, our study abroad advisor, is just back from Madrid and Istanbul, where he met with UR students enjoying their studies abroad and visited Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Bogazici University and Sabanci University. He came away quite impressed with the campuses, with the strong programs they offer in engineering -- and with the support our students receive through IES, the study abroad program we partner with at these locations. Check out his reports under "news and events" at our study abroad website. And please feel free to consult with Rohan ( rohan.palma@rochester.edu ) if you have an interest in studying abroad at any of the nearly two dozen overseas universities that offer courses already pre-approved as satisfying Hajim School requirements.

      Congratulations to John Criswell, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, who received honorable mention in the 2014 Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award competition for "Secure Virtual Architecture: Security for Commodity Software Systems." The award was created in 2013 by ACM SIGOPS -- the Special Interest Group on Operating Systems of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society -- to recognize research in software systems.

     Congratulations as well to Jonathan Macoskey, a BME senior, who is the recipient of the 2014 Robert W. Young Award for Undergraduate Student Research in Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of America. The award will provide resources for Jonathan to complete his proposed research project focused on developing a high-frequency ultrasound technique to visualize and quantify material properties of engineered tissue constructs. Jonathan is an undergraduate research assistant working in Professor Diane Dalecki’s biomedical ultrasound laboratory, and his project contributes to a joint collaboration between Professor Dalecki and Denise Hocking, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology, on developing new ultrasound technologies for tissue engineering.

     Edward Brown,  Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has received a $140,000 grant from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program for his project entitled “Prediction of Metastasis Using Second Harmonic Generation.” The goal of this one-year project is to expand upon a recent finding from his laboratory that an optical scattering phenomenon called second harmonic generation (SHG), when applied to breast cancer biopsy specimens, can help predict metastatic outcome in 10-year patient follow-up data. This could help reduce the over treatment of patients -- about 50 percent of whom are systemically treated after their tumor is removed but would not have experienced a metastasis and did not need to suffer the toxic effects of systemic therapy.

     Sahar Hashemgeloogerdi, an ECE Ph.D. student, was awarded third place in the Acoustical Society of America’s International Student Challenge Problem in Acoustic Signal Processing. Sarah Smith and Michael Heilemann, also Ph.D. students in ECE, were recognized as finalists in the competition. The ASA International Student Challenge Problem program reflects the society's commitment to educating the new generation of acoustic scientists and engineers, and was conceived to “give students the opportunity to distinguish themselves by solving a challenging problem in acoustic signal processing.” Congratulations Sahar, Sarah and Michael!

  A big high five to the student engineering societies that stepped up to the plate big time to organize the very successful pumpkin lunch and e-social at Rettner Hall and at the Wilson Quad on Halloween Day. Read more here, and be sure to link to the photo gallery.

    Now here's an interesting topic: The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines. A number of well-known scientists and technologists suggest we are on the verge of a transition from life as we know it to a post-biological future in which the "human era" will come to an end. Paul Horn '72 (MA), '74 (PhD),  a member of our Hajim School Dean's Advisory Committee and the senior vice provost for research and senior vice dean for strategic initiatives and entrepreneurship at New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering, will lecture on this subject at 5 p.m.,
this Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library, with a 6 p.m. reception afterwards. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required by contacting ase.events@rochester.edu.

    As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean